CITY TOURS IN ROME

1. Rome in 100 minutes

a Private Car Orientation Tour for the Just-Arrived

We created this tour as the introduction to Rome, before you dedicate more of your time to the profound visit of the city with us This tour is also ideal for those arriving into Rome by a morning flight, before checking into your Roman hotel. Please check prices including airport pick up .

Meet your private tour guide, a long-time Rome resident, in the lobby of you hotel. See the major highlights of Rome from the comfort of a private car , learn about the city's layout and its neighborhoods from one of Roman hills, chat with your tour guide about Italian lifestyle, politics, fashion and food, ask questions about when and how, check your restaurant choices, plan your private walks - all to better manage your coming days in this vibrant city.

Tour highlights: 

Colloseum, Capitol Hill, Circus Maximus, Pantheon, Venice Square, Trevi Fountain,  Spanish Steps, St Peter's Square

2. Rome in a Day 

8 hours by Car and on Foot, Including Time for Lunch

This tour has been designed for visitors with very limited time who would like to see Roman highlights in a quick and efficient way. The chauffeured car and a personal tour guide allow to see more sights that the visitor would  ever imagine. 

Visit the sights  of Ancient Rome in the morning including the Colosseum, the Forum, the Capitol Hill and Circus Maximus. Spend time before lunch visiting Rome historical center including Spanish Steps, The Pantheon, and  the Trevi Fountain. Have lunch near the Vatican and dedicate  afternoon to the visit of the highlights of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica

Tour highlights: 

Colosseum, Forum, Capitol Hill, Circus Maximus, Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, highlights of Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St Peter's Basilica

3. Vatican Tours with prepaid tickets so you do not stay in line.

 

-3 Hour Private Tour of the Highlights of the Vatican.

-5 Hour Private Tour Vatican in Depth (with lunch stop).

Vatican art and history always leaves profound impression on visitors to Rome. Its art collection including masterpieces of Greek and Roman ancient art, works of Raphael, Michelangelo and Caravaggio, the Sistine Chapel after restorations and St Peter's Basilica attract thousand of visitors every year. Learn with us the meaning behind the art, ask all questions about the Catholic Church, both it's history and the present day. Save time and energy as you are being lead by hand by your private Vatican expert.

-3 Hour Private Highlights of the Vatican Tour

Private half day Vatican tour will give you total freedom of program and timing. Your private Vatican tour guide will have all the time you need to answer your questions and discuss with you the issues of particular interest to you. You will dictate the pace. Please note that you can request private hotel pick up when you book the private Vatican tour.

Tour highlights:

Vatican Museums including: Roman and Greek Statues Gallery, Gallery of Tapestries, Gallery of Maps, Raphael Stanzas, the Sistine Chapel, St Peter's Basilica and St Peter's Square

-5 Hour Private Vatican in Depth Tour

Private Vatican In Depth full day tour will give you unparalleled opportunity to learn about the Vatican from insider's perspective. This signature tour will lead you to major artistic highlights of the Vatican City as well as the sights "behind the gates" not open to general public.

Tour highlights: 

St Peter's Square, St Peter's Basilica, the Grottoes under St Peter's Basilica with the tombs of Popes, the Swiss Guards Church, the Teutonic Cemetery, the Vatican Mosaic workshop (not open to general public) 

 after  lunch break 

Painting Gallery, Roman and Greek Statues Gallery, Gallery of Tapestries, Gallery of Maps, Raphael Stanzas, the Sistine Chapel,  the Old Vatican Library with Secret archives rooms.

4. Ancient Rome

 

3-Hour Walking Tour

For centuries, Rome, the eternal city, was the center of the known world. Step by step your private tour guide will accompany you around the monuments of Ancient Rome, bringing history and its protagonists to life.

The birth of Rome and the Etruscan kings, the story of Rome's experiment with republicanism, peopled by the such giants as Caesar, Pompeii, Cato and Cicero, the lives of Emperors from Augustus to Constantine, the many reasons of Rome's fall, all narrated and explained in one of the most spectacular settings.

Tour highlights: 

Coliseum, The Roman Forum, Palatine  Hill, Circus Maximus, Mamertinum Prison, Capitol Hill, Trojan's Forum, Venice Square 

 5. Christian Rome

3 Hour Walking Lecture Tour

The Basilica of St John Lateran is called " Mater Eclessias", the mother of all Roman Catholic churches. Built by emperor Constantine, it had been the first papal church in Rome and the cathedral of the Roman bishop. Together with its first Roman baptistery and the shrine of the Holly Steps, it is a perfect setting for the lecture tour of early Christian Rome. Follow the steps of the first Roman pilgrims to the medieval church of Quattro Coronati and learn about Roman saints and martyrs. Explore the excavations of St Clemente to see how the church was built over a Roman house from the times of Julius Cesar

Tour highlights: 

Basilica of St John Lateran, The Papal Apartments, the Baptystery, the Holly Steps, the Church of Quattro Coronati, the Church of St Clemente 

6. Appian Way and the Catacombs

3-Hour by Car and on Foot

Walk the steps of some of the most famous characters of Roman history: Pompeii, Julius Cesar, Cleopatra, Cicero, St Peter the Apostle and St Paul. The Appian Way, the oldest of all Roman Roads has also been the burial site of the Romans: pagan and Christian alike. Visit the oldest Christian Catacombs in Rome and learn about how the small Christian community grew into the powerful Christian Church in Rome. Stop on the way back to Rome center at Aventine Hill to visit the ancient Church of St Saba and take panoramic pictures of Rome.

Tour highlights: 

The Appian Gate and the Roman Walls, The Appian Way, The Catacombs, the Basilica of St Paul, the Aventine, the church of St Saba

 7. Baroque Rome

3-Hour Walking Tour

The newly restored Borghese Gallery is your starting point. With your pre-booked admission, you are guaranteed total access to the masterpieces displayed in this sumptuous Villa-Museum, highlighted by early Bernini sculptures, "The Rape of Persophone", "Apollo and Daphne", and "David". 

You continue your tour at the Church of St. Ignazio, the center of the counter-reformation, headquarters of the Jesuits and home to the famous "False Dome". You then discover masterpieces of Caravaggio at the Church of St. Luigi dei Francesi and finish the tour at Navona Square , the site of  rivalry between Bernini and Boromini. 

The Lecture-Guide explains the philosophies that fueled the splendor, grandeur and sometimes gaudiness of Baroque and links these tenets from Renaissance thought of prior times to the dogma of today's Christendom. 

Tour highlights: 

The Highlights of Borghese Gallery, the Masterpieces of Baroque in St Ignazio Church, Caravaggio's Paintings in St Luigi dei Francesi, Borromini's St Agnes Church, Berninis Fountain of Four Rivers at Navona Square

8. Jewish Rome

3-Hour Walking Tour

From prosperity to persecution and back again, the 2000-Year Jewish presence in Rome is one of resilience and resourcefulness. The tour takes you to  St Peter's in Chains to view the Statue of Moses by Michelangelo. You continue  to  Trastevere, and the Ghetto where you walk from the island in the middle of the Tevere (Tiber) River, through the recently excavated gateway to Rome and arrive on the streets of the Ghetto. This area was once a walled enclosure which Pope Paul IV mandated  to house and restrict the Jews of Rome. It is now the heart of the Roman Jewish Community. The tour ends at the impressive Synagogue (completed in 1904). You visit the Temple and its historical museum. The museum guide then links 2,000-year Jewish Heritage to Rome's modern community. 

Tour highlights: 

The statue of Moses in St Peter's in Chains , Trastevere neighborhood, Tiberia Island, Ghetto, Fountain of the Turtles, Marcellus Theatre, the Synagogue

9. Rome by Night

 

2-Hour Car Tour

The Lecture-Tour-Driver picks you up at your restaurant, then motors you in, around and above the Eternal City. Rome by night is an electric place, literally and otherwise. Fountains gleam, piazzas glow and the people themselves shine. You will stand among the monuments on the Capitol Hill, drive through Vatican City for a breath-taking view of St. Peters after dark and gaze down at the entire central city from a premiere vantage point, a top the Gianiculum Hill. You may see the crowds around Piazza Navona or stroll among the locals in Trastevere. You might choose to extend the evening to explore Testaccio, sample wine at an intimate Enoteca or check out the jazz scene at a Roman nightclub.

Tour highlights: 

The view of the Forum from Capitol Hill,  Trevi Fountain,  Ice cream Stop near the Pantheon, Piazza Farnese and Campo dei Fiori,  St Peter's Square at Night, Via Veneto.

 10. Angels & Demons Tour

3-Hour by Car and on Foot

Dan Brown's bestselling novel "Angels & Demons"  invites the reader to follow the steps of Robert Langdon in Rome. On our tour there will be no running though the narrow streets and no stolen cars but a comfortable car with a driver and lecture guide.  While visiting the Four Altars of Science you will have the opportunity to discuss  art  and history of the Roman Catholic church  and judge whether Mr Dan Brown has it right or wrong in his book.

You will visit the  church of Santa Maria del Popolo with Chigi Chapel, St. Peter's Square, the church of Santa Maria della Vittoria famous for its chapel with Bernini's Ecstasy of St. Theresa, Navona Square with Four Rivers Fountain by Bernini and the  Castel San Angelo. During this tour we will stop to admir  important works by Caravaggio and other artists of Roman Baroque.

Tour highlights:

Church Santa Maria del Popolo with Chigi Chapel, St. Peter's Square, Church Santa Maria della Vittoria with Bernini's Ecstasy of St. Theresa, Navona Square with Four Rivers Fountain, Castel San Angelo

COUNTRY TOURS FROM ROME

1. Villa D'Este and Hadrian's Villa in Tivoli

 

4-Hour Excursion from Rome

8- Hour tour of Villa D'Este and Hadrian's Villa in Tivoli with optional lunch stop in country restaurant and afternoon extension to medieval Benedictine Monastery in Subiaco

 4-Hour Excursion from Rome

Your Lecture-Tour-Guide takes you to the slopes of the Apennine Mountains East of Rome. Here in the fabled medieval city of Tivoli you visit two spectacular sites. The Villa d'Este is home to arguably the most spectacular fountains and gardens of the world. This palatial residence of Cardinal d'Este (son of Lucrecia Borgia) harbors over 1,000 fountains and clearly illustrates the opulent lifestyle of Renaissance aristocracy. Next stop is the former country estate of the Emperor Hadrian. Ruler at the height of Rome's power and influence, Hadrian fancied himself an architect and patron of the arts. The ruins of this Villa bear witness to his talents, vision and empirical taste. Your Lecture-Guide compares and contrasts these two private dream residences, separated by a thousand years yet similar in vision and grandeur.

Tour highlights:

The fountains of Villa D'Este, the archeological park of Hadrian's Villa 

8- Hour tour of Villa D'Este and Hadrian's Villa in Tivoli

with optional lunch stop in country restaurant and afternoon extension to medieval Benedictine Monastery in Subiaco

Subiaco, twenty five miles from Tivoli is renowned for the oldest Benedictine Monastery. Founded in the 9 th century it has been considered the cradle of Bendictine order. Visit places surrounded by spectacular nature, where St Benedict retired from the world and where St Scolastica found her vocation.

Tour highlights:

The fountains of Villa D'Este, the archeological park of Hadrian's Villa, lunch in a country restaurant, Benedictine Monastery, medieval town of Subiaco.

2. Pompeii, the Excavations, with Customized Optional Extensions to Mt. Vesuvius, Sorrento, Positano, Herculaneum, Oplontis, Archeological Museum of Naples and the Island of Capri

 

A Full Day (8 hrs) Excursion from Rome to Pompeii (with optional customized extensions 12 hrs).

Nothing compares to the magic and mystery of Pompeii. You view the seemingly tranquil Mt. Vesuvius and then walk among the remains of a city buried underneath 30 feet of ash during its violent eruption. A bakery, theatre, gymnasium and public bath all stand sentinels to a time and lifestyle literally sucked breathless in a split second then entombed for a thousand years.

extension to Amalfi Coast and Positano

The dazzling turquoise water and brilliant sunshine of the bay of Naples is dramatic. Tiny, colourful villages clinging to steep cliffs high above the sea,  islands and coast ablaze with lemon groves make the South unforgettable.

extension to Herculaneum and Oplontis 

The details of daily life reamarkably preserved in the city burried by the landslide and sumptous frescoes of Villa Oplontis, once a property of Nero's wife complete the picture of Bay of Naples at Roman times.

extension to Naples and Archeological Museum 

No other city shows so much vital energy like Naples. People watching could be a good reason itself to visit this fascinating destination.  Have pizza , where it was invented and complete your day with some of the best ancient frescoes and mosaics at the Archeological museum

extension with Climb to the Top of Mt Vesuvius 

Drive through the lava field of this dormant Volcano and take an easy path which will lead you in half an hour to the rim of the giant mountain. The views will leave you breathless. Visit the studio of world famous Cameo craftsmen on you way back.

extension to Capri Island 

Take a super fast hydrofoil to Capri along spectacular coast. Enjoy lunch in a typical southern trattoria and visit Anacapri with spectacular views. Explore elegant shops around Capri main square before you return to Naples

 Tour highlights:

highlights of Pompeii, drive through neighborhoods of Naples, drive through Campania with spectacular views of Apenine mountains

walk to Positano beach, views of Naples, Vesuvius and Amalfi coast (extension to Positano and Amalfi Coast)

highlights of Herculaneum and frescoes of Villa of Poppea in Oplontis (extension to Herculaneum and Oplontis)

Santa Lucia promenade and frescoes and mosaics of Pompeii in Archeological Museum (extension to Naples and Archeological Museum)

drive through the lava field and climb of the Volcano (Mt Vesuvius extension) 

fast jet journey along Amalfi coast, vews of the ocean from Anacapri, walk among the villas of Capri (extension to Capri).

extensions  available

Extension to Positano with  Amalfi cost drive

Extension to Herculaneum and Oplontis 

Extension to Naples and Archeological Museum

Extension to Vesuvius, the climb to the rim of the volcano

Extension to  Island of Capri

3. Etruscans and Ostia Antica 

5-Hour Excursion from Rome

You drive north along the Roman coast to the sleepy medieval town of Cerveteri where your Lecture-Guide shows ruins and shares stories of Rome's founders, the Etruscans. Cemeteries, tombs, frescoes and a local museum gives you a glimpse into the lives of these fascinating people who thrived in this region almost 3,000 years ago. 

Next, you travel south along the Mediterranean to Ostia Antica. Here you see the Port of the Empire. This marvelously preserved site presents Roman life at the time of the Caesars. From bars and bathrooms to boarding houses and brothels, Ostia illustrates how the noble and the normal citizens lived, functioned and interacted in this Roman port city.

Tour highlights:

archeological museum in Cerveteri, the excavation to Etruscan necropolis, the ruins of Ostia

4. Florence, Chianti, Siena, Renaissance Marvels and a Rural Repast 

A Full Day Excursion from Rome

A fast drive down Autostrada del Sole through Umbria and Tuscany brings you to Florence. Here you see Michelangelo's Tomb (Santa Croce) then head to the Academy Museum to view his most famous sculpture, "David". Your pre-booked tickets permit you to avoid lines. Then you head to the Duomo and Baptistry, just ten minutes away. Lunch in a special Florentine setting is followed by a stroll through the piazzas and a walk over the Ponte Vecchio . After  a shopping break the afternoon continues with a drive through spectacular Chianti countryside and a stop in Siena. The evening ends with a country feast in a vineyard near Sinalunga (optional) and a ride back to Rome.

Tour highlights:

highlights of Florence including Academy with David by Michelangelo, Duomo, Baptistery, Piazza Signoria, Ponte Vecchio, view of Florence from Piazza Michelangelo, Chianti drive, visit of Siena, dinner in the vineyard (optional)

 5. Tuscany, Villages and Countryside 

A Full Day Excursion from Rome to Orvieto, Val d'Orcia in Southern Tuscany and Montepulciano

The day begins with a drive to Orvieto where you visit what many believe is Italy's most beautiful church. This Citadel City is also famous for its wine and pottery. You have ample time to experience both. The lunch break is a Tuscan masterpiece. The trattoria is located in La Foce with breathtaking views over Southern Tuscany.  It's setting and cuisine is unrivaled. Then, down the dirt road through deep Tuscan countryside  to Montepulciano famous for The narrow streets, charming churches and captivating shops make this visit a mind-tattoo of memories. The Lecture-Guide spends this day driving you through luscious scenery to quaint settings and breath-taking vistas. It is all part of what makes Tuscany one of Europe's premier destination. You return to Rome with a new understanding of Tuscan agricultural richness and cultural wealth.

Tour highlights:

Cathedral of  Orvieto with Signorelli Chapel, the majolica pottery shops, drive to la Foce and spectacular Tuscan vistas, wine tasting in Montepulciano

6. Assisi, Deruta and Spoleto 

A Full Day Excursion from Rome

Our first stop is in Deruta where you visit craftsmen at the work and shops selling most famous Italian majolica pottery. 

Assisi, the immaculate medieval hill town has always been a vortex of beauty and spirituality. The town is home to Italy's patron saint, St. Francis. It also maintains frescoes of Giotto and Cimabue. 

You meander through the Basilica and quaint chapels, along narrow streets filled with artisan shops and among olive groves dotted by fields of sunflowers. Your Lecture-Guide spends the day painting an Umbrian picture, with Assisi as the spiritual highlight. 

The day finishes in Spoleto famous for its cultural festival. There are superb Umbrian vistas as you drive back to Rome

Tour highlights:

Basilica of St Francis and Giotto frescoes in Assisi, Basilica of St Claire,  drive through Umbria countryside, majolica of Deruta, town of Spoleto

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